Democracy is essential for country’s development : President Mamnoon

President Mamnoon Hussain Wednesday (today) addresses a joint session of the Parliament, a constitutional obligation for beginning the new parliamentary year.

He stated that only democracy could make lasting development possible. Mamnoon Hussain said that democracy had been successful during the past three years. In order to have lasting progress and development, democracy was necessary, he said. He further, urged the government to chalk out policies for the strength of democracy and prosperity.

He also said that Pakistan was playing a facilitator’s role in peace between peace talks between the government of Afghanistan and Taliban.

In his address, the President shed light on the performance of the PML-N government as well as the challenge of extremism and terrorism faced by the country and the achievements made by the security forces in this regard.

The president hoped that targets of the Zarb-e-Azb operation will be achieved by the end of this year.

To pay tribute to martyrs, he suggested construction of a national monument containing names of all those martyred in the war against terrorism.

The President highlighted the steps taken by the government to improve the economy and presented way forward to overcome energy shortages.

“Pakistan recorded a GDP growth of 4.7 percent, which is a positive indicator,”he said.

He further shed light upon various ongoing development agenda’s particularly the construction of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

Mamnoon Hussain in his address reaffirmed the country’s commitment towards good relations with the neighbouring countries for peace and stability in the region.

The president highlighted Kashmir issue, saying that peace in the region could not be restored without resolution of the dispute.

The President said Pakistan has a foolproof security system of its nuclear arsenal. He dismissed the impression of any security loophole.

The President’s address to the Parliament’s joint sitting will mark the beginning of the fourth parliamentary year of the Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz (PML-N) government.

The President’s address to the joint parliamentary session at the advent of a new parliamentary year is mandatory under clause no.56 of the constitution.

The joint session of the parliament today was chaired jointly by National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq and Chairman Senate Raza Rabbani.

The session was attended by Chiefs of armed forces, Chief Ministers (CM) and Governors of all four provinces and Prime Minister (PM) Azad Kashmir, Member of the National Assembly(MNA), Member of the Provisional Assembly (MPA) and foreign diplomats.presiodemt

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